Designed for watching digital video on the go, the newest V Series portable video players have a 3.5-inch TFT LCD and extended battery life. For power management functions, the gigabeat relies on Freescale Semiconductor's MC13883 power management Integrated Circuit (IC). The mixed-signal chip integrates a lithium-ion battery charger with CEA-936 car kit interfacing support and a USB On-the-Go (OTG) transceiver. In addition to charging lithium-ion batteries through a USB connector, the IC has overvoltage protection for faults from high-voltage charging sources. Get more information on Freescale Semiconductor's MC13883.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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